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How do the two novels compare in the treatment of their common theme?What similarities do you see?What differences?What could make a good thesis statement that sums up thiscomparison? The novels “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “Catch-22,” written by Ernest Hemingway and Joseph Heller respectively, both explore the theme of war and it’s negative relation to the soldiers and officials in it as well as the value of individual lives, however, each author uses a different style of writing to portray their ideas.The characters in the two novels are also very different from each other, and contribute to the themes of the books as well. For example, in “Catch-22,” Yossarian lives in constant fear of being killed at some point in the war. Unlike, Robert Jordan, Yossarian tries to go out of his way to not participate in any battle or mission, which portrays a theme of this book: fear. Fear is what drives Yossarian to do the many crazy things that he does, which then leads to the portrayal of absurdity, another theme. However, the novel “For Whom the Bell Tolls” also deals with a common theme of fear. The characters in this novel are often fighting for their lives and have experienced a lot of horrendous events due to fascists. Robert Jordan fears for many things throughout the book, however, it is in the way that he deals with it that makes him different from Yossarian. While Yossarian’s actions are more about self-preservation, Robert Jordan still is portrayed as a noble man. Although he faces several conflicting situations, he believes in completing his mission of blowing up the bridge no matter what. One common theme of these books is the hypocrisy of the leaders in the war, with the commanders in “Catch-22” who constantly raised the number of missions that the men had to complete even after stating that they could go home at certain point, as well as in “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” when Andres is able to travel faster through enemy territory than the territory of his own side. These ironic situations that the authors used both show their disdain for the leadership of the war, and the corrupt ideals of both sides. Ernest
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